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i was thinking about making a routine of changing the options before taking a shot so i wouldn't forget things like iso and white balance. it got me wondering if you guy's do something similar?
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I just imagine something gross and pound it
    
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I just imagine something gross and pound it
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It all depends on whether the environment you are shooting in has changing light conditions. I carry around a plain white index card so I can set a custom white balance then I take a couple test shots to fine tune aperture and shutter speed then I shoot away. I always use the lowest possible iso while still being able to keep my shutter speed high enough to not worry about blur.
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It all depends on whether the environment you are shooting in has changing light conditions. I carry around a plain white index card so I can set a custom white balance then I take a couple test shots to fine tune aperture and shutter speed then I shoot away. I always use the lowest possible iso while still being able to keep my shutter speed high enough to not worry about blur.
i thought it was supposed to be gray? and do you just hold it in the center, right in front of you for the custom wb setting? also do you follow the 1/focal lenght "rule" to avoid motion blur?
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i thought it was supposed to be gray? and do you just hold it in the center, right in front of you for the custom wb setting? also do you follow the 1/focal lenght "rule" to avoid motion blur?
the grey card is for exposure, a white card is used for color balance. and you can just frame the whole white card to white balance, it just needs to be in the same lighting as your subject.

1/focal length rule is for camera shake not motion blur. motion blur depends on how fast your subject is moving, so if you shoot say 1/100 at cars on the freeway you might not stop them completely.
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I should have said shake not blur, my brain just wasn't able to come up with that word for some reason. Yes I use the 1/focal length rule, but there are ways to hold the camera that allows me to go down another step or two and still get a steady shot. Also if the lens has Vibration Reduction you can go down another step or two in shutter speed as well. I do as mz said and frame up the white card in the ambient lighting to set white balance. Also shoot in raw image files if possible, much more leeway when messing around with white balance, exposure settings, colors, etc. when post processing.
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It depends really on my situation and the type of shot I want to get, but the gist is this:
  1. Select an aperture that allows for the DoF I want
  2. Meter
  3. Select the lowest ISO possible that still gives me a fast enough shutter speed
  4. Select my shutter speed
  5. AF using back button AF
  6. Recompose my image
  7. Take the picture
  8. Correct if necessary/possible

I shoot in RAW and do white balance on my computer, along with basic PPing like changing the exposure/contrast/saturation/color levels of my images.
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